"Oh my gosh Payal, you won’t believe who I just saw!!" There’s nothing more exciting than picking up the phone and hearing your good friend screaming that through the other end!
New York Fashion Week has been in full force for the last few days and everyday I ask my dear friend/colleague who is currently working in the Big Apple for any celebrity sightings. No luck…until today that is!
For the last few months, I have absolutely enjoyed living vicariously through her adventures as she takes on the highs and lows from the city that never sleeps. Today, was more than just hearing about a celebrity sighting. Today, I didn’t talk to a co-worker or team member, today I really connected with a friend. On a phone. “What a concept” - as she would say.
***I have to interrupt this post for public service announcement***
We really do live in a world where socially connecting via phone is as archaic as writing letters. Yes, Tim Cook just unveiled Apple’s latest and greatest and thankfully the “touch to talk ” feature is still available. Whew! Good to know we have not completely succumbed to communicating via Emails, iMessage and Social Media - #omgarealphone, #omgicanhearyou
***I will now return you back to my thoughts at hand***
Now that we have established a real conversation took place, I cannot explain in mere words the joy and excitement of talking to Tricia for the remaining 45 minutes of our conversation. When I can stay on the phone for 45 minutes with any person, you know that’s a real friend. Once we had caught up on our daily celebrity dish we carried on to every topic essential for a good “catch up”…see below
I’m never good at good byes, whether they are in person or on the phone, so once we said “talk to you later” I took a second and just smiled. A smile that explained everything i was feeling at that moment from talking to Tricia - content, full of love and grateful that I have such amazing people in my life. :)
No Meg Ryan or Tom Hanks here, just one awesome Longhorn Bride saying “I do” to her Midwestern Groom.
And so, that brings us to the final epic wedding in our family…for this year that is. A few weeks back Harry and Bansari tied the knot. As with every wedding in our family, it was nothing short of an epic event. My personal favorite highlights below:
For the last couple of family weddings, once departure day rolled around it was sad to see everyone leave but the next event was already lined up so there was always something to look forward too. This time, I did leave with a bit of a heavy heart, I wasn’t sure when I’d get to see my family again. As I always say about our time together, the days are hectic, time is too short, but a good time is always had. Congrats again to Harry and Bansari!
New Year’s Resolutions are not my thing, but I think it never hurts to pause for a moment and see how 2014 is coming along. And so we have Payal’s Self Assessment.
I knew I’d be up for some challenges this year when I survived New Year’s Eve on a cruise in the middle of the Bosphorus in Istanbul - sick with food poisoning, green in the face from motion sickness, fever and frozen to the bones. It’s amazing what you can force your body to endure if you put your mind to it. - By no means am I saying I’d like such a challenge again, let’s be real, I’m only 5ft tall, barely 100lbs, I may not survive.
I’ve realized, I’m a bit spunky, goofy and a total child at heart and you know what? I’m totally okay with it. I’ve learned to stop taking life so seriously, because I’m not a deep in thought melodramatic person. Dramatic - yes - especially when it involves any form of bugs or furry friends but I leave the melodrama to my Soap Operas and Bollywood movies. I laugh like my 4 year old nephew and have no shame in shopping in the “kids” section of Macy’s. On what level is ANYONE going to take me seriously…clearly I am not - so why you.
I could really work on trying to grow a little more. I need that extra inch or two so I can stop having to pay for alterations on all my pants. If one must insist - there maybe be some areas for me to work on:
But in all seriousness, I could really really use the extra inch or two in height, I really must stop being on a first name basis with the local tailor.
Aside from my personal assessment, 2014 has been wonderful to date. I’ve travelled a bit, seen hard work pay off in the office space, avoided any serious illnesses and had good times with family and friends. Anything more and I’d be getting a little selfish.
Another year means another family wedding…of epic proportions. Last year Pooja and Vinay gave March Madness a whole new definition. This year Arjun and Versha took exotic to a new level, as titled - their wedding was “exotically epic. From elephants to snake charmers and everything in between as cliche as at it sounds “this wedding had it all”.
I could story tell every event into the early morning hours. Instead, I’ll sum up what was three unforgettable days into my Cliff’s Notes version of bullet points.
As always, the days were hectic, time was too short but we have memories for a lifetime! Congrats again Arjun and Versha!
Before I begin my entry, I must make note that it appears I took a involuntary Sabbatical from my blog since my Turkey trip. It’s no joke when people say “time flies”. Didn’t realize it has been months since the last time I wrote. Let’s see how rusty I have got!
No, I’m not packing for a Royal Wedding - we missed the RSVP deadline for Prince William’s and Prince Harry can’t seem to decide if he wants to settle down or not, so who knows when that will happen. BUT, I am all set for another Epic Patel Family wedding! Arjun and Versha will finally be tying the knot!
Oh yes, believe it or not, little Nintendo playing Arjun is all grown up and has won his Princess. I guess there was something to learn from Super Mario Bros. 1, 2 and 3.
A wedding in our family means:
With so many of us living all over the States, these family events are magnets that bring us all together. The days are hectic, time is always too short but the memories last a lifetime. And on that sentimental note, time to go get this brother married!